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Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper

STURGEON BAY (AP) — An Illinois man charged with killing a woman and her unborn child at a Door County resort is headed to trial.

Brian Cooper appeared in court in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday, September 11th on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault. He was bound over for trial.

The 35-year-old Plainfield, Ill., man is accused of strangling 22-year-old Alisha Bromfield at the Sand Bay Beach Resort near Sturgeon Bay last month. Authorities say the two were in Door County for a wedding and that Bromfield rebuffed Cooper’s attempt at a romantic relationship. A criminal complaint says Cooper choked Bromfield and then sexually assaulted her.

Investigators say Cooper tried to commit suicide before calling 911. Cooper is due back in court Sept. 20.

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